Living in a society means following certain rules. When it comes to fine dining, the art of good manners and etiquette must be observed. Fine dining is eating in higher and fancier restaurants that cater to an upscale clientele; as well as providing the highest quality of food. This type of restaurant exudes a formal ambiance while featuring fancier and more expensive menu selections. It offers a good wine list and sometimes even features a sommelier, who will assist you with your food and wine pairing. And in most cases, they have a dress code.
- Check the dress code in advance.
Find what the dress code is before you go there. But as a rule of thumb, it’s always better to be overdressed than to be under-dressed.
- Start from the outside when using cutlery.
Informal dining, tables are set with forks on the left-hand side and knives and spoons on the right. Start using the cutlery placed furthest away from your plate for the first course.
- When drinking soup, sip from the edge of the spoon.
Scoop the soup using your spoon by beginning at the center of the bowl and moving the spoon away from you. Bring the spoon to your mouth and drink from the edge of the spoon. Don’t place the spoon in your mouth, and don’t slurp.
- Use your pudding spoon like a knife.
With your spoon facing inward, hold it from the bowl and treat it like a knife. Use the pudding fork to place small portions of the pudding onto the spoon.
- Men get up from their chairs.
Gentlemen always stand up every time a woman gets up from hers or approaches the table.
- Don’t use your fork like a scoop.
Point the tines of your fork down towards the plate when you eat. The fork is not used as a scoop. Squash food with your knife and place at the tip of the fork.
- Don’t stay in your seat when someone proposes a toast.
When you are proposing a toast for someone, rise from your chair. But if it is a toast for you, stay in your seat. When toasting for someone, stand and raise your glass towards the direction of the guests and do not click glasses with them.
- Don’t pick up cutlery if you drop it on the floor.
If you accidentally drop a knife or fork on the floor, don’t pick it up.. The server will replace it for you.
- Don’t tuck your napkin in your shirt.
In ancient times, it was the proper procedure to tuck the napkin into the front of your dress or shirt; but today, it is considered rude. Unfold your napkin and put it on your knees. The napkin is used to dab your mouth only not to wipe your mouth with it.
- Don’t use your mobile during a formal dinner.
Keep your purse or wallet off the table and do not use your mobile during dinner. Better to turn off the ringer until after the meal has concluded. Using your mobile is a sign of discourtesy to your dinner companions and the staff of the restaurant.
- Don’t start eating until everyone has been served.
If there are many guests, the hostess will indicate that it is time to begin before everyone is served. If this is the case, then you should begin.
Some restaurants cater to special events like anniversaries, weddings, and corporate parties. In a fine dining setting, etiquette must be observed.
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There are still more rules about fine dining that you need to know. However, being familiar with these guidelines will give you confidence when you are in a fine dining restaurant since you now know what to do and what not to do.